Travel never stops being exciting.

No matter where your next adventure takes you, you’re always looking to explore new landscapes, foods, levels of relaxation and moments of wonder with the people you love, or new people you meet.

The best part about travel is the unexpected: what amazing surprises does this trip have in store for you?

In order to be the most open to these happy surprises, you want to make sure there are no surprises on the business-end of your vacation: are there mistakes you can avoid? Tricks to make that plane ride easier? Ways to protect your things abroad? We’ll cover all that and more to help you focus less on the not-so-fun and way more on the excitement that awaits you.

Common Passport Mistakes

If you’re traveling abroad, there are tons of passport mistakes that might hold you up at security. Some of these mistakes are easily avoidable, while others might just surprise you!

  1. Not checking the expiration date
    While this seems obvious, it’s also easily overlooked. Ensure your expiration date is far enough in the future, because some countries won’t accept passports that will expire in six months!

  2. Waiting too long to apply
    While expedited shipping is available, it still takes $60 more and three weeks.

  3. Not correctly filling out the form
    Luckily the correction process is free for typo’s made to your passport.

  4. Not updating your name after a change
    Passports don’t automatically update, so when a name change occurs you’ll have to go through the renewal process.

  5. Having too many stamps
    Who would of thunk it? Some countries have a requirement for the amount of blank pages that travelers have in their books.

Learn more above the above mistakes, and how to fix them, in our article Avoid Making These 5 Surprising Passport Mistakes

Eating Healthy While Traveling

To those that want to keep their healthy lifestyle or diets under control while on vacation, being prepared will be the best way to do this.
Pack Smart

1. Pack Smart

Just like when meal prepping for a regular week, thinking about your meals and before your trip and packing what you can will make all the difference.

Know Where You're Going

2. Know Where You're Going

Checking out the surrounding area can help you to determine various restaurants or grocery stores that can help you stay on track.

3. Get Veggies with Green Superfoods

You can get in your veggies quickly with green superfood powder.

4. Pack Smart

Just like when meal prepping for a regular week, thinking about your meals and before your trip and packing what you can will make all the difference.

5. Eat Small Portions Frequently

Eat small, healthy snacks throughout the day to help avoid getting super hungry and binging on something greasy later on.

6. Drink Lots of Water

Being thirsty can feel a lot like hunger, so staying hydrated can help combat those hunger pains.

Take a deeper look at these tips in our article, 6 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling

Must-Have Items for Flying

While you probably know the basic necessities for having an enjoyable flight (ear buds, a blanket, chewing gym, etc.), there are still some items that might make your time inflight even better.

  1. Queasy Pops
    Helps those who get nauseous in an airplane.

  2. Colgate Wisps
    Disposable toothbrushes that require zero water.

  3. Power case
    Many planes now have outlets on them, but for the ones that still don’t, having a phone case that moonlights as a battery pack will help keep you juiced up.

  4. Dry Shampoo
    Nothing freshens up your hair after a long flight quite like some dry shampoo.

  5. Zip & Flip Headrest
    For those that don’t want to walk around with headrests, these kind look like an unsuspecting stuffed animal.

Check out the above items more in depth in our article, Must Have Items for Flying Pros

Inflight Entertainment

Sometimes the inflight movies just don’t cut it. And if your flight doesn’t have that nifty backseat TV with tons of options, or if you just don’t want to watch it, having more entertainment options at your disposal will help you zone out of the actual time in the sky and enjoy yourself as much as possible.

Inflight Entertainment

Below is a list of our favorite apps and devices for you to browse, but if you want a more in depth look at these apps, check out our article, Inflight Entertainment 101

Gaming Apps

  • Angry Birds
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Temple Run 2
  • Unblock Me FREE
  • Two Dots
  • Calm

Reading Devices

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
  • Barnes and Noble Nook Glowlight Plus

Reading Apps

  • Pocket
  • Offline Pages
  • Instapaper

Watching

  • Mediatap
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • Itunes
  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime

How to Make Your Hotel Room More Comfy

Especially if you’re on a long business trip, or even if you just get homesick easily, you can make your hotel room feel a bit more comfy with just a few easy moves:

  1. Unpack
    Try to avoid living out of your suitcase. Unpacking your bags will help you feel like your hotel room is more than just a place to crash.

  2. Light a Candle
    There’s nothing like scents to transport you to your more comfortable place. Get out that just-cleaned hotel smell with your favorite candle (after checking with the front desk).

  3. Bring Your Own Coffee
    The most important “meal” of the day: your morning coffee. Bring your own and you’ll instantly feel a little bit better.

  4. Bring Your Own Pillow & Blanket
    Nothing will help you feel more comfortable quite like your own blanket and pillows.

  5. Pack Some Family Photos
    A trick for those who travel a lot for business, bring your family with you.

  6. Stream Your Own Shows
    So long as the hotel’s tv has an HDMI cable you can stream whatever show you were binging.

Check out the above items more in depth in our article, Must Have Items for Flying Pros

How to Protect Your Stuff While Traveling

It’s always a good idea to think about how to ensure all of your belongings, whether at home or on vacation with you, are secure and protected while you’re away.

Protect Your Home

This doesn’t just happen in the movies. If your entire family is on vacation, burglars can sense it. Do a few things to make sure your home still appears to have you in it:

  • Put a stop on your mail so it doesn’t pile up
  • Have lights on a timer
  • Have a neighbor or friend shovel your snow in the winter
  • Refrain from posting on social media until you’re back
Protect Your Home
Protect What You've Brought

Protect What You’ve Brought

Here are a few things you can do to protect the valuables you brought with you.

  • Make sure your hotel has positive reviews and possibly an in-room safe
  • Keep all valuables on your person when traveling via plane, train or bus
  • Keep your cash in stashes rather than all in one place
  • Consider travel insurance

Learn more about these tips in our article, Here’s How You Protect Your Stuff While Traveling

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Depending on where you’re going, you might want to bring your pet along.

In general, cats are happier at home, so we’re thinking more dogs here - especially if they can tagalong on some outdoorsy adventures!

Via Car

  • Go on a test ride
  • Make sure they’re secured in the car for their safety
  • Make frequent pit stops
  • Never leave them in the car alone

*Please note: Driving is the most ideal mode of transportation for your pet.

Traveling with Pets Via Car
Traveling with Pets Via Airplane

Via Airplane

  • When possible, always make sure your pet is flying in the cabin with you
  • If your pet must fly cargo, do a lot of research into the airline and make sure you can watch them put your pet on the plane
  • You might want to consider an anti-anxiety medication for your pet. There are options specifically for air travel.

For more information, check out our article, Tips for Traveling with Pets

Where Should You Go Next?

When you’ve got the travel itch but don’t know exactly where you want to go next, ask yourself these questions:

  1. How long do I want to travel for?
    If you’ve only got a week, and it takes an entire day to get to that dream country, you might want to save the vacation for another time. But no worries, there are plenty of closer places you can jet to.

  2. What’s my budget?
    Money matters. Decide on your budget before the daydreaming really begins.

  3. Am I looking for a cultural experience?
    What you want to get out of this trip will help dictate where to go.

  4. What kind of activities do I want to do?
    Looking for adventure travel? Want to bask in the sun? Your desired extracurricular vacation activities will help guide where to go.

  5. What kind of environment do I want to be in?
    Dreaming of being in the cold? Want to be in the mountains or a big city? Think about the environment you want to spend your vacation in, or ask a travel agent to help you.

Learn more in our article How to Decide Where to Travel to Next

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